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Dentists often use dental fillings to repair small cavities and other minor defects in a tooth’s enamel layer. While they are intended to fully repair the tooth for many years, many dental fillings will eventually start to lose some of their strong bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

As this starts to occur, your child might notice the tooth becoming increasingly sensitive. There may also be a change in the texture and color of the tooth. If the natural bacteria in their mouth manages to colonize the tooth enamel behind a dental filling, it could cause tooth decay to affect the otherwise healthy dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth.

As this starts to occur, your child will likely start to experience increasing toothache pain. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms building up in a previously repaired tooth, you need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Jeffrey Erickson.

To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Jeffrey Erickson might need to perform a deep cleaning of the tooth, even removing part of the tooth enamel and installing a dental structure to help sustain the tooth. If you are in the El Paso, Texas area and your child has a toothache or they’re experiencing symptoms of a distressed dental filling, you should call 915-858-6868 to seek immediate treatment at Texas Kids Dental today!